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‘Jeopardy!’ appearance fulfills longtime dream of ChBE research assistant

Nov. 30, 2017—Kyle Becker will appear on “Jeopardy!” beginning Dec. 4. (submitted photo) Kyle Becker started watching Jeopardy! in middle school, shouting out questions to the TV and dreaming of the day he’d be hitting that buzzer for real. The Vanderbilt University alumnus and research assistant finally got his shot in a Culver City, California, studio earlier...

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Clark Scholars dinner brings together students, visionary donor

Nov. 27, 2017—One by one, moving down the length of an elegantly set table, 10 freshmen engineering students who represent the first cohort of A. James Clark Scholars at Vanderbilt stood up and shared the excitement of being here and how they plan to give back to the world. Their audience included university leadership, engineering educators and,...

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VECTOR and UT study: Unscheduled lock closures cost inland waterway shipper supply chain more than $1 billion annually

Nov. 24, 2017—Unscheduled lock closures create costly ripple effects across the shipper supply chain – adding more than $1 billion in additional transportation expenses annually and disrupting state economies along U.S. inland waterways. Those are the broad findings of a new, in-depth study by researchers from the Vanderbilt Engineering Center for Transportation and Operational Resiliency (VECTOR) and...

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Battery-switching device promises more road time for Tesla, Leaf drivers

Nov. 20, 2017—Nissan Leafs, which go about 107 miles on a charge, often don’t graduate beyond commuter car status due to battery-life worries. The mass-market, standard Tesla Model 3 can travel double that distance, which is still limiting on long road trips. Both batteries could work about 50 percent longer with a device provisionally patented by Vanderbilt...

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Riding an old gray mare, BME student rounds up rodeo wins

Nov. 17, 2017—Kaitlyn Ayers started riding lessons at age 9 and got her first horse when she was 13. Now a biomedical engineering junior, she has two horses and has been winning amateur rodeo events with Cocoa, who is older than she is. Cocoa is a 25-year-old gray quarter horse, now almost white with age. But the...

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Shining a light on the nervous system to thwart disease

Nov. 16, 2017—Vanderbilt University researchers are teaming with peers from two other universities to develop ways to fight disease with light with the promise of minimally invasive, drug-free treatments for cardiac arrhythmia, high blood pressure, asthma, sleep apnea, diarrhea and other diseases. They’re testing infrared neuromodulation, which targets specific areas of the nervous system and even single...

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DOE official and Engineering alumna designing nuclear cleanup curriculum

Nov. 14, 2017—A legacy that dates to the Manhattan Project left 107 U.S. sites where energy research and weapons production created conditions that require specialized cleanup. The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE), which oversees these locations, has made much progress, but plenty of complex, expensive work remains. Sue Cange, who has three decades of experience in federal...

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Knowledge on demand shapes technology’s future in education –Schmidt Lecture Nov. 15

Nov. 8, 2017—As education technologies continue to converge, the 2018 forecast is for an exponential pace of technological change. Students today effortlessly connect to the tools, methodologies and strong communities that can and will nurture their innate curiosity, said David E. Wilson, a popular speaker who leads a global team at National Instruments responsible for defining and...

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